Preventing dough balls, fixing CO2 leaks, & comparing your homebrew to commercial beer — Ep. 170


We welcome you to another fun-filled episode of our Homebrew Happy Hour podcast… the podcast where we answer all of your home brewing questions and discuss anything related to craft beer!

On Today’s Show:

If you’re one of the few who regularly read our shownotes, then I apologize for the repetition but IMPERIAL YEAST IS NOW SPONSORING OUR MONTHLY RECIPE KITS! Members of our $35 and $50 monthly tiers will now receive premium Imperial liquid yeast with their recipe kits. We’re still just as excited about this as we were when we first announced it!!!

Todd and James were both able to join me for this week’s episode and we had a blast discussing your questions but also, more importantly, getting to the bottom of why Todd continuously breaks so many hydrometers. I mean… really, dude? I’ve been using the same hydrometer for 3+ years but Todd is on his 300th hydrometer it seems like.

The questions on today’s show cover a wide variety of topics so I’m confident that you’re going to learn something this week.

Don’t forget about our LIVE Q&A with Michael Ferguson on February 26th @ 10am central! Below is a blurb about our good friend Michael and a promo banner for the Q&A event —

Emmy-nominated Beer Geeks host master brewer Michael Ferguson has been called a pioneer in the craft beer world and is now in his 30th year as an industry professional. As director of brewery operations for BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., he opened more than 120 BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations. Michael previously brewed for Station Casinos, Inc., and was responsible for multiple breweries including Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company, as director of brewery operations. He owns BrewerFX LLC, a company that provides brewery consulting and production and voiceover services, and currently manages Farmboy Brew Shop in Katy, Texas

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